Archive for Pocket Park Scheme (NCC)

Rectory Farm Pocket Park survey

Last year through grant funding we improved access and carried out remedial path repairs in parts of Rectory Farm Pocket Park. We would love to have your feedback.

Please complete this short survey by  clicking on this link Rectory Farm Ramble Revisited – The survey will close at 7pm next Saturday 28th April.


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Spring clean in Rectory Farm Pocket Park

Join us on Saturday 7th April between 2-4pm in the Pocket Park for our delayed Great British Spring Clean. Meet at the top of Cransley Walk opposite Olden Road between Allard Close and Ermine Road.

Children under 8 to be accompanied by Parent/Guardian. Equipment provided. Please dress appropriately.

We apologise for our lack of updates on our blog. Our activities page has been updated with this years activities. In February we had our AGM. Take a look at our Rectory Farm Pocket Park Annual Report February 18

Back on Saturday 7th October 2017 a group of 8 attended including 2 children. Keith & Richard cleared a log jam in the stream at the back of the pond & then joined John by the seats to uncover the rest of the paving. There were several suggestions about how to use the area. Something to think about for future projects maybe.

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Pond dipping with Froglife

Pond dipping with Froglife on Saturday 5 August… We feared the worst at 1pm when we had a hail storm, but by 2 the skies had cleared and we had a gloriously sunny afternoon. 11 children and 16 adults weren’t put off by the weather and, remembering the success of last time by the bridge, James Mcadie from the Wildlife Charity Froglife helped the children find many dragonfly nymphs, as well as pond skaters, hoglice and other mini beasts. The Co-op kindly donated the refreshments at their stall manned by Michelle and Zoe. James is still hopeful to find funding to come back with their digger and dredge part of the marsh in the autumn. Gallery below….

All welcome to our next Work Party when we will be meeting by the pond to clear up around the seats, weed the primrose bank, brush down the steps and prune some overhanging branches.

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Path improvements on the way

Great news! We recently were successful with a grant application for funding to improve paths in the Pocket Park. We thank all residents who completed the survey earlier this year and especially your comments. The grant was awarded by Northamptonshire Community Foundation’s First for Wellbeing Fund click here to find out more

Our local Councillors James Hill (Northampton Borough Council) and Andrew Kilbride (Northamptonshire County Council) have to agreed to provide some match funding through the Councillor Empowerment funds.


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Clearing the paths

We were very select this month with 3 people continuing path clearing along Cransley Walk (between Ermine Road and Allard Close) and 2 planting primroses in the wildflower area near Bridleways and generally litter picking, pruning and clearing the path.

Next month we’ll be meeting by the pond on Saturday 6th May, please see the activities page for more information.

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Spring in the Pocket Park

It’s Spring…ish. With the variable weather we are still seeing the fauna and flora coming alive. Join us for our next work party on Saturday 7th May, 2 to 4pm, see poster below for more information. Take a look at a few pictures from April’s work party and our beautiful Pocket Park. Here is a report of this months work party.

‘On a lovely sunny day eight attended the Top Litter Pick near Bridleways. Butterflies were out in abundance including brimstone, speckled wood, small tortoiseshell, comma and peacock. Neil and David helped Nuala pick up larger items in her truck along the park including five bikes! Keith trimmed overhanging branches. Judith planted four foxgloves, cleared the wildflower area with Anne and then they both helped Bruno with the litter picking. Joanna was our photographer again as access allowed!’

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Marsh work party, Froglife & Badger

Nathan & Gary from the Wildlife Charity Froglife (website) made an early start at 12 noon, strimming around the edge of the marsh and then felling the willow trees with a chain saw. By the time the rest of us arrived, Nathan had started a fire and our job was to keep it fed with branches. Nuala our Neighbourhood Warden collected the logs and also removed the damped down ashes afterwards to remove any fire hazard. Many appreciative comments were received by passers-by of all ages and one lady mentioned that she had seen a badger in the area and had taken a photo of it. Many thanks to all who worked very hard and achieved a lot in a short time. Froglife hope to obtain further funding so that they can return and dredge part of the marsh in about a year’s time.

A big thank you to Nathan & Gary from Froglife.

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